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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meatless Meals

I just finished putting together dinner for my family.  There's a big pot of Tortilla Soup on the stove and the house smells really good.  Tonight, my family is going meatless (they don't know this yet, shhh!!!)

I want to say that I am not a vegetarian, vegan or even close.  I like meat.  I eat meat.  But I do not think you need to eat meat at every meal, every day.  I firmly believe that meat in moderation can be a part of a balanced diet.

I know I have a couple readers who have previously commented they do not eat meat.  I think this is a valid dietary decision as well.

Lately, I've seen a few too many documentaries and television shows about food.  I don't feel compelled to eliminate meat from my diet but I do feel I need to be more responsible in my consumption.

My family is not always very appreciative when I prepare meatless meals, they feel they are not healthy or incomplete.  I've provided vegetables, protein and even some carbs in tonight's meal, so I don't feel this is true.  Yes, I cook some things that are not healthy when requested (usually for a birthday or holiday).  On a day to day basis though, I try to provide my family with healthy, well balanced meals (that taste good) because I love them all and I want them to be healthy and live for a long time.  So tonight, I'll probably have some complaints about dinner.  I'll probably be a little grumpy about that.  But everyone in this house is an adult so they'll eat the meal that was provided - and I'll feel good knowing that tonight everyone ate a healthy dinner.

What's your take on meat?  Have you seen Food Inc. or perhaps Oprah's recent show about food?  Did either impact your views on what you put in your body?


  1. I like meat, i eat it often. My husband eats almost exclusively bread and meat, so it's hard for me to prepare a meatless meal. He throws a fit (and sometimes throws away the food i prepare if it's not to his liking). My biggest issue with meat at this point in my life is the expense. Dear husband: Vegetables are cheaper and yummier, can't we eat some of those???

  2. oooooooo Tortilla Soup sounds delicious! Soups always have so much flavor, nutrients, and yummy things :)
    I am sure by now you know that I am a pescatarian. But that does not mean that I will try a delicious steak off of my boyfriends plate or a dish with meat that I have never tried before. I will never swear off meat, because it does taste delicious, but I just have realized my body functions so much better without it.

    I saw the episode of Oprah's show with the meat factory, that did not change my mind. I thought it would, but it did not.